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An unfocused mind makes for a distracted driver

While cell phones are often associated with the problem of distracted driving, they are not always to blame. There are many different types of distraction, and all of them pose a threat to Indiana drivers and passengers. In fact, one of the most dangerous types -- cognitive distraction -- can be quite deceptive, as it involves the driver's mind, not necessarily physical actions. 

Unlike texting or doing something else while behind the wheel, cognitive distraction can occur when a driver has both hands on the wheel. With an unfocused mind, a driver may be unable to notice, evaluate and avoid potential hazards -- ultimately resulting in accidents and injuries.

The dangers of an unfocused mind

There are many different ways that drivers are tempted into distraction while behind the wheel. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are three main types of distraction, including:

  • Physical distraction, occurring when a driver takes one or both hands off the wheel for any reason
  • Visual distraction, which occurs when a driver is looking at something else other than the road ahead
  • Cognitive distraction, which happens when a driver is mentally unfocused, even with both hands on the wheel

Most people think that texting is the most dangerous behavior for drivers, and while it is certainly dangerous, there are other ways that it can cause significant cognitive distraction. From talking with a passenger to daydreaming to using a hands-free device, it is important not to overlook the potentially traumatic consequences of an unfocused mind while in control of a vehicle.

Distracted driving in all of its forms is dangerous and falls into the category of negligence. No matter what type of behavior a driver is participating in, if it causes harm to an innocent individual, he or she could be liable for any physical or financial damages.

Your rights as an accident victim

If you suffered because of the actions of a distracted driver, you do not have to suffer alone. It is possible that you have grounds for a personal injury claim, by which you may be able to secure compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other accident-related losses.

No matter what type of distraction caused you harm, you have the right to seek a full and fair recovery. If you believe that you may have grounds for a civil claim, you would be wise to fully explore this legal option as soon as possible after your accident.

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